Explore the most popular forest trails in William B Bankhead National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
19 hours ago

It was a good hike. The scenery is beautiful. Downside is that the trail markers are not the greatest. It’s easy in a few spots to get lost. Our group ended up going an extra mile out of the way before we got back on the trail. Overall though was worth it.

scenic driving
3 days ago

Always one of my favorite places I can capture some great images up there.

Nice little hike. Very up and down, but not hard at all until you can hear the water where it drops down to the waterfall. So the hike out can be tough if you aren’t fit.

Always a favorite peaceful place and a good swimming hole for the kids in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Falls are right off road. I imagine this place is crowded in the summer. Volunteer group was there cleaning up trash...it's too easy to get to honestly.

beautiful place. the falls are great!

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail this April. We did the loop in about 3 days camping along the way. We went south starting at the Thompson Trail head and had a blast. There were a lot of campsites (few if none followed the 200 feet from trail/river rule). We also took a trail that only showed up on the view ranger app from the short jaunt on trail 204 on this map cutting southwest back to the Thompson Trail head. It was a bit harder to follow but also the coolest part of the trip.

I hiked this with my two boys (6 and 9) and we had a blast. The hike down to the falls was easy, back up it's steap but they ran up it most of the way. The falls were beautiful and we had a lot of fun hiking off trail around the area, mostly following the stream and skipping rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and easy to follow. Not very scenic until you reach the falls and then it’s absolutely magnificent! After the spectacle keep hiking creek side for a bit to reach the lower falls.

1 month ago

Had a great hike met lots of nice people

Beautiful . We took my daughter with her month old daughter and our 3 year old and had no problems.

Easy walk in and out. Well worth the short trek.

2 months ago

Wonderful short and easy trail that takes you a large stairstrp cascade. Follow the trail further downstream and climb down for a different view and a hidden secret falls across the river.

fishing
2 months ago

Beautiful summertime swimming hole.

Busy, family fun day hike.

Beautiful falls. The trail is only a couple hundred feet, but it's very steep with no stairs. Kids really enjoyed climbing over the rocks at the bottom.

Length of the entire trail (there and back) is about three miles.

Nice trail that winds through a few different types of forest. Some parts have been heavily hit by pine beetles.

The trail widens out under a grove of hemlock. Very pretty with ample shade. The creek is clear with a sandy bottom. Good for wading.

The path leading down to the falls is hidden. Head to the right along the top of the cliff. It's just below the edge. Very narrow.

Once you're down there, you can walk under the falls themselves. My four girls really got a kick out of this one. :)

great hike

3 months ago

beautiful waterfall right off the road... locals use it for swimming in the summer.. so avoid it in summer I found you want to sight see.

love this trail and waterfall.. it us beautiful and easily traveled..up hill on the way back out.. everyone should try this trail. great for beginners easy to follow

I almost died

hiking
4 months ago

Although it’s beautiful, if you will go down creek just a bit you will find lower caney creek falls. Very beautiful.

Pretty boring trail but the waterfall at the end makes the hike worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with plenty of water and shade. Some spots not marked very well, a bit tough to follow at points.

Great for kids and adults short trail

backpacking
6 months ago

Sipsey Wilderness in general is a great trail system and adventure. Spend a few bucks beforehand and purchase a map and compass. No cell service, few roads in, do be careful. A wonderful place to see nature in some of her least touched glory.

Relatively flat, wide Trail 4x4 accessible, leads to the Sipsey River. some camping areas near the river. large pine and hardwood forest, recent controlled burn 4 to 5 feet under brush. I tried to give it three stars but five stars locked in.

beautiful short trail. Scenic walk down to cane Creek, beautiful double waterfall. approximate 20 foot waterfall at time with my visit

Not a hike but beautiful and definitely worth seeing. Went in October and we didn't see anyone.

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